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Monrad Charles WALLGREN

(1891-1961)
Senate Years of Service:
1940-1945
Party:
Democrat

WALLGREN, Monrad Charles, a Representative and a Senator from Washington; born in Des Moines, Iowa, April 17, 1891; moved with his parents to Galveston, Tex., in 1894 and to Everett, Wash., in 1901; attended the public schools and business college of Everett, Wash.; graduated from Washington State School of Optometry at Spokane in 1914; engaged in the retail jewelry and optical business 1915-1932; during the First World War served in the Coast Artillery Corps of the Washington National Guard 1917-1919; adjutant of the Third Battalion of the Washington National Guard 1921-1922; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1933, until his resignation, effective December 19, 1940; elected November 5, 1940, as a Democrat to the United States Senate for the term commencing January 3, 1941; subsequently appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Lewis B. Schwellenbach in the term ending January 3, 1941, and served from December 19, 1940, to January 9, 1945, when he resigned; Governor of Washington 1945-1949; nominated by President Harry S. Truman as chairman of National Security Resources Board in 1949, nomination subsequently withdrawn; member of the Federal Power Commission 1950-1951; engaged in citrus growing in the Coachella Valley, Calif., and the development of uranium claims at Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.; died in Olympia, Wash., September 18, 1961, due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident; interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Everett, Wash.

Bibliography

Dictionary of American Biography.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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